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Hi

He has a fantastic technique  - but does the music communicate?  I'm far from convinced by his excessive tempos.  His playing comes across as "listen to how brilliant my playing is" rather than "listen to the music".  I've come across other players in the same vein - and it can and does alienate some people from the organ.

I gave up on the video quite early - I'd rather listen to the music than a voice-over in a foreign language.  Maybe I missed something more encouraging later in it?

Every Blessing

Tony
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I haven't been particularly enamoured with a certain high profile performer but
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGbVnxj8DyE
puts him into a very different light. Perhaps as he matures we'll find that respect is very much deserved.

Best wishes

David P
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Organ Builders / Re: Awe inspiring video about the Rufatti works in Italy
« Last post by David Pinnegar on May 07, 2019, 06:52:45 PM »
A friend has directed me to the latest of Rufatti's videos - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egOBhLNMnTo well worth watching

Best wishes

David P
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The programme for this event is now on http://hammerwood.mistral.co.uk/programmetuningseminar.pdf and we're delighted to be welcoming organ builder Martin Renshaw who I discovered was at the root of my unease with modern tuning . . .

This is an event for anyone with ears, not just to be abrogated to tuning technicians!

Best wishes

David P
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Pipe organ gravestones and plaques / Re: Paris Notre-Dame
« Last post by Ian van Deurne on April 27, 2019, 11:41:51 PM »
No never. There's obviously been something lost in translation here. It's also a little worrying what's actually happened to the choir organ. Has it been destroyed or is it able to be restored?
Hopefully, as time passes we will be told more about the restoration about both organs. I'm going to try to make a visit to Paris sometime in the summer so perhaps I'll be able to find out a little more at first hand about what's happening with both organs. If I do I will make sure to inform everyone here.

With best wishes,
Ian.


P,S. I once had to "guestimate" the weight of one of my own organs by the church architect as he wanted to know if the west gallery where it would be placed was strong enough to take the increase in weight as the former smaller organ was on the floor in the north transept. He had already determined that no structural reinforcements would be required so long as the organ would weigh no more than 42 tonnes. After making some very detailed calculations, I was able to inform him that the organ (Three manuals and pedal - 56 stops) would weigh around 27 tonnes, give or take 2 tonnes so all was okay. This organ was built in 1984 and to this day there has never been any structual problems with either the organ or the gallery so I think that I may have got everything right! 
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Pipe organ gravestones and plaques / Re: Paris Notre-Dame
« Last post by JBR on April 26, 2019, 10:43:07 PM »
Thanks David for the update.

However, the news, by the cathedral organist himself that the staff of Notre Dame are going to raise the whole organ up "on a pulley" to get to the water damage seems rather frightening.
Doesn't he realise that an organ of this size will weigh around 85 tonnes at least!

Hopefully, someone will engage the services of a competent, professional organ builder before the instrument suffers even more damage than the fire ever did to it!

With best wishes,
Ian.

Raise it up using a pulley?

Surely they won't do that.  In fact, I see no reason for wanting to raise up the entire instrument to check for water damage.

I'd have thought the best thing to do would be to examine it thoroughly (internally) and even dismantle it as far as necessary.

I'd be interested to learn what they actually end up doing.
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Pipe organ gravestones and plaques / Re: Paris Notre-Dame
« Last post by Ian van Deurne on April 26, 2019, 04:00:38 PM »
Thanks David for the update.

However, the news, by the cathedral organist himself that the staff of Notre Dame are going to raise the whole organ up "on a pulley" to get to the water damage seems rather frightening.
Doesn't he realise that an organ of this size will weigh around 85 tonnes at least!

Hopefully, someone will engage the services of a competent, professional organ builder before the instrument suffers even more damage than the fire ever did to it!

With best wishes,
Ian. 
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Electronic Organs / Copy of Cliquot organ.
« Last post by revtonynewnham on April 26, 2019, 10:23:26 AM »
Hi

Came across this on You Tube this morning.  From what I can make out (my  French isn't that good!), this is a copy of the Cliquot console controlling MIDI & presumably some sort of computer simulation.  Looks interesting - note especially the pedalboard - a clear case of historic instruments informing playing technique.

Every Blessing

Tony
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Inspirational instruments / Re: The Fokker organ . . .
« Last post by revtonynewnham on April 26, 2019, 10:13:09 AM »
Interesting video David.

I've seen (and even once attempter to play) the Harmonium when it was at Saltaire - but to be fair, that was designed more to demonstrate the principals of intervals, etc. than a fully functional musical instrument.

Microtonal music is certainly an interesting area.

Every Blessing
Tony
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Inspirational instruments / Re: The Fokker organ . . .
« Last post by JBR on April 25, 2019, 11:52:51 PM »
I remember seeing an 'enharmonic' organ at the erstwhile harmonium museum in Saltaire.

I have a photograph I took at the time, though I'm not sure whether I can post it on here.  (It is, of course, a harmonium rather than a pipe organ.)
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